The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Education Department recently swore in three new members to sit on the Education Board. Community members Raymond Deer, Patricia Rush and Roberta Seepie will serve alongside Heather Zeifert, Nicole Charlie, Pacer Reina, Veronica Tashquinth, Deana Washington and Deanna Scabby.
“The board of directors is a special group of people. [T]hey get a small payout for the work that they do, [and] it really doesn’t match to what they work towards for the future of the students and youth of the Community,” said Cynthia Clary, acting superintendent of Salt River Education. “They give all their time, energy and counsel to the entire Education Division.”
The board’s main job is to create and enforce policies and oversee the governing of the Education Division.
The major areas overseen by the board are the funding and instructional practices in the schools, making sure the Community’s students are obtaining the best education possible. The new board members currently are in training; this month they will reorganize the board and elect a new chair and vice-chair.
Currently the board is recruiting to fill the vacant superintendent seat.
“It is a way for people to give back to the Community,” said Clary about serving on the board. “Our greatest resource are our kids of the Community, and our school board members are the best.”
Clary explained that the Education Division board members provide a tremendous benefit to the Community as a whole and improve the lives of students. The men and women who make the time to generously provide this important public service do so because they care, said Clary. “They care about the education of all children. They care about our schools being the best they can be. They care about the next generation and the future of our Community.”
The members roll up their sleeves and get involved to improve things, accepting responsibility for the educational process that helps the Community’s children grow into successful adults. Clary said Education Division board service is truly “a work of heart.”
“By serving the Community in this important governance role, Education Division board members lay the foundation for the future,” said Clary.
Education Board meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of the month at 5:15 p.m. in the Education Board Room building, 4815 N. Center St., Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (Center Street and Chaparral Road). Regular board meetings are open to the public, except during executive sessions.